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Goodwood – Hampshire Cross Country League

Goodwood – Match 2
Hampshire Cross Country League

A small contingent of athletes made the journey to glorious Goodwood for the second round of the Hampshire Cross Country League. The hilly course is very exposed and the extreme wind made conditions tough for even the fittest.

First off the start line was the Under 13 girls team, all three athletes improved on their previous outing. The team was led home by a hardworking and tired Sarah Brett in 16th followed by Alisia Matthews 55th and Hannah Craggs 71st.

Star of the day was Lizzie Ball in her first ever outing over the cross country for the club. With limited long distance training under her belt this course was to feel like a marathon to her in the Under 15 girl’s race. She set off sensibly, maintained her position in the field and a fast finish secured her 71st, having recovered from her efforts she was able to take a lot of pride from her efforts.

Sole Under 15 boy was Jared Rolfe who was determined to outperform his last race. He set off quickly and this confident start put him in a big pack out of the strong wind. This tactic saw him better placed to work hard throughout race and improve his finish by an amazing 12 places in 27th. Jared is currently bottom of his age group and the manner in which he is now racing bodes well for his future.

Ben Reed and Archie McKellar in the Under 17 men’s race had a domestic battle tracking each other throughout the course. Ben who knew a good start was needed started by leading the battle but Archie was not going to make life easy for him. After several pushes Archie finally was victorious in 23rd and two seconds behind was Ben 24th.

Last race of the day was the Senior and Veteran Men’s race by which time the rain was beginning to set in making the temperature drop tremendously. Chris Neil despite a cold in the week that was affecting his asthma set out in a resolute manner and gave his all, his exertion resulted in an improvement from 40th in his last outing to 33rd this time around. Chris Dewey was the first Andover Veteran to cross the line 13th vet in an overall position of 77th. The undaunted Dougie Brisco was the 1st over 60 year old home in the field proving age is no hindrance to enjoyment in this sport; his overall placing was 81st thirteen places higher than his previous outing.